Scarce Newspaper Periodical Proof Stamp Can Be Yours Today
Few Newspaper and Periodical stamps exist today, and, even for Mystic, they're hard to come by. This is your chance to get a proof version in your collection today. Stamp will vary, but will be hand-selected by one of Mystic's stamp experts, so you can be confident in your order.
Scandal at Post Office Creates Need for New Stamp
In the early days of the US Post Office, it was quite expensive to mail newspapers and periodicals. This led publishers to use more affordable private express companies to deliver their printed materials. Eventually, the Post Office Department lowered its rates to stay competitive.
To further entice publishers, Congress passed a new act in 1863. This law allowed postal employees on trains or ships to transport newspapers and periodicals without going through a post office. The employees were then responsible for collecting transportation fees in cash.
It wasn't long before postal officials realized there was a big problem with this new system. Most of the money collected by their employees wasn't being turned in. In 1865, the Post Office introduced Newspaper and Periodical stamps toa ddress the scandal. The stamps were an accounting system created to keep employees honest and improve profits.
The first Newspaper and Periodical stamps were large and colorful so they could be easily spotted in bundles of printed materials. They were also given elaborate designs to prevent forgery. These qualities have caused experts to classify Newspaper and Periodical stamps among the most beautiful US stamps ever issued.
These Stamps Were Never Sold to the Public!
After just three years, Newspaper and Periodical stamps fell by the wayside. The Post Office returned to the old cash system. However, after five years, the postmaster general discovered that employees were, once again, failing to turn in money.
Newspaper and Periodical stamps were re-introduced with new designs picturing female allegorical figures. The women, with names like Freedom and Justice, were symbols of American values. They highlighted the importance of newspapers and periodicals in having an informed public and stronger democracy.
On July 1, 1898, Newspaper and Periodical stamps were retired once and for all. The stamps were only ever sold to publishers. Having been attached to the newspaper or periodical's wrapping, many were thrown away after use. Few collectors ever got their hands on these stamps.
This is your chance to get one in your collection today. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, order now.